In the summer of 2011, Chicano Street Art, a local nonprofit, opened its first show in downtown Chicago, and soon after, it had more than 30 members, most of them artists.
“We’re always excited to do a show,” says Amanda Cordero, one of the members.
“It’s fun, it’s a way to learn about how other cultures work, and to share your art with other artists.”
In April 2013, the group staged its first live show in San Francisco.
Today, Chicanos Art, which is based in San Diego, has a gallery and exhibition in San Jose, and plans to open another in Oakland in 2019.
The show featured artwork by artists from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Nicaragua, Peru, the Philippines, South Africa, and Venezuela.
For its first exhibition, Chicos Art collaborated with art collective GABRIEL, which in turn commissioned artist Lidia Romero, who is from Peru.
The group commissioned a print made from scratch by artist Joaquin Rodriguez, who lives in the United States.
The print, titled “Venezuela: The First People,” was created in collaboration with the National Museum of Art in Lima.
“The story behind this painting, we’re told that this was the first time that Venezuelans went to the U.S. to visit,” says Romero.
“That’s the main reason for the title.”
The painting is currently on view at the National Portrait Gallery of Peru.
“Vulgarities” also explores the experiences of the indigenous communities in the country.
“This painting explores the experience of the traditional women of Venezuela who have been living on this land for over 500 years,” says Corderos founder, Ana Díaz, adding that the artworks aim to highlight “the diversity and the richness of the country and its people.”
While many of the artists on the show were born and raised in Venezuela, the art shows also highlight a global trend.
“I think that this is a great opportunity to share our cultural traditions,” says Díz.
“Especially in the 21st century, we have a lot of art, but we’re not allowed to show it.”
“This is not only about one art, it is a symbol for the whole world,” adds Romero.